Antony Blinken Sets Rematch of Alaska Debacle with Chinese Foreign Minister at 'Peace' Event

Antony Blinken Sets Rematch of Alaska Debacle with Chinese Foreign Minister at 'Peace' Event


China’s envoy to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, told reporters Monday that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken gave a “positive” response to China’s invitation to attend a virtual U.N. Security Council summit on Friday.

The event will be the first convened by China as Security Council president, and the first encounter between Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi since their March confrontation in Alaska.

China celebrated the Alaska meeting as a resounding defeat for Blinken, who offered some perfunctory criticism of Chinese human rights abuses and was stunned by a ferocious backlash from Wang and top diplomat Yang Jiechi. Wang and Yang used the rhetoric of Blinken’s own Democrat Party to argue that America lacks the moral standing to criticize China on human rights and asserted that, in the wake of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. no longer has the economic or diplomatic strength

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